WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the 2018 Conservation Leadership Lecture Series, generously supported by presenting sponsor Bank of America. All lectures and discussions will occur from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Zoo’s Tropics Café. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and zoo animal encounters from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before lecture presentations. The Palm Beach Zoo Leadership Lecture series is in its fifth year of bringing leaders in conservation to the Palm Beach area to discuss important topics that impact wildlife and the natural world. Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Please click this link to purchase the remaining lectures as a package.
The 2018 series includes:
Thursday, January 18th
Into the Wild: Challenges in Wildlife Filmmaking
Tom Fitz is a multiple Emmy award-winning documentary cameraman whose work has been broadcast by PBS, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, ABC, NHK, and others. His programs have also been displayed in museums and other non-broadcast venues. Tom has over 30 years of experience in natural history camera work, both topside and underwater. His shoots have taken him all over the world, from the high Canadian Arctic to Antarctica, with many locations between. In 2004, Tom began making his own films too, earning numerous awards, and in 2008 he co-founded Schoolyard Films, Inc. Schoolyard produces short natural history and environmental films for K-12 classes, accompanies them with study guides, and distributes to schools throughout the US for free, via iTunes U and PBS. Buy tickets for this lecture here.
Thursday, February 15th
Conservation of the Amazon
Dr. Robert Wallace
Dr. Wallace is the Director of the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Program in northwestern Bolivia and southeastern Peru for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Since 1999 he has led research teams on jaguars, Andean bears, Andean condors, otters, and primates, including the discovery of a new species of titi monkey. He is considered an expert in the conservation of the Amazon landscape. Buy tickets for this lecture here.
Thursday, March 1st
Dr. Patricia Wright
Hope in Madagascar: Protecting an unexpected rainforest.
Dr. Patricia Wright is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and the Founder of Centre ValBio, a modern research campus in the rainforest of Madagascar. She is one of the world’s leading experts on lemurs and has studied the animals for more than 20 years. She has devoted most of her professional life to working on Madagascar and has managed to combine her research with efforts to preserve the country’s endangered forests and the many species of plants and animals they harbor. Buy tickets for this lecture here.
Thursday, April 12th
Collaborative Shark Science: Tracking Great Whites
Chris Fischer is the Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader of OCEARCH, a world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks. OCEARCH shares real-time data through OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker, inspires current and future generations of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean, and enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data. Buy tickets for this lecture here.
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